Proem to the Martyrdom of Cyprian

02-18 Eudocia
Aelia Eudocia
c. 401


When God in heaven brought light to earth
and the true voice of wondrous men was accomplished,
a life-producing radiance filled the whole world
through the words of (other) prophets, the evangelists.
For all robust men embraced one God,
the Heavenly Father, Lord of all, and his Son,
and in the name of the Holy Spirit were washed with water
from the many sins staining their bodies.


Translation by Brian P. Sowers

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